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Ga AT Slackpack
|Event Location:||Amicalola State Park|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Jan 26 2024 9:00 am >> Sun, Feb 4 2024 4:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Sun, Jul 9 2023 9:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Jan 28 2024 9:00 am|
|Event Duration:||9 Days 7 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D6: Advanced|
|Trip Leader(s):||Gary 'L'|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||6|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Have you a desire to test yourself for a weeklong hiking experience of doing D5 hikes almost every day?
Are you considering whether you would ever want to slackpack the AT or backpack a long trail?
Would you like to see how you might do on one of the AOC's D6 Adventure weeks?
This trip runs Sunday - Sunday, Each day begins at a road crossing and ends at the next major road crossing which works for an end-to-end hike each day (rather than out-and-back) so we can keep adding daily miles northbound and complete the state in a week.
The full week entails 8.8 miles on the AT Approach from Amicalola, 78.2 miles on the AT to Bly Gap, and 3.2 miles returning to cars at Blue Ridge Gap. That's 90 miles in 8 days -- an average of 11 miles per day (low D5 daily by that metric)
The combined daily elevation gain is 22,800 feet -- an average of 2850 feet per day (low-D5 daily by that metric),
Hiking D5s daily can be taxing and such a weeklong Adventure trip is typcially rated a D6. Recent D5 experience is a MUST.
The difference betwwen a Slackpack and a Daypack is that you pack your normal Daypack (under Events on the AOC webpage) and add your overnight kit and a lighweight sleeping bag or blanket. The plan is to stay in heated places with varying levels of bed covering and most will have laundry, shampoo, soap, and towels.
You will be booking your own shared lodging and shuttles and I can help. I have stayed at most all of the places and/or heard good reviews. I have included my suggested Plan A, B, and C for lodging in the below outine.
The outline and metrics for each of the 7 days is as follows:
Day 1 - Amicalola to Three Forks (Amicalola Falls) - 14 miles, 3340 feet, 2.1 mph, 7 hours
Lodging: Above the Clouds Hostel or Barefoot Hills Hsstel or Dahlonega
Day 2 - Three Forks to Gooch Gap (Long Creek Falls) - 13 miles, 2700 feet, 2.2 mph, 6.5 hours
Lodging: Above the Clouds Hostel or Barefoot Hills Hostel or Dahlonega
Day 3 - Gooch Gap to Neel Gap (Blood Mt.) - rugged - 18 miles, 3600 feet, 2.0 mph, 10 hours
Lodging: Blood Moutain Cabins or Mountain Crossings Hostel or Above the Clouds Hostel
Day 4 - Neel Gap to Hogpen Gap (Cowrock Mt.) - 10 miles, 2300 feet, 1.7 mph, 6.5 hours
Lodging: Home in the Woods B&B or Blairsville
Day 5 - Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap - rugged (Blue Mt.) - 17 miles, 2800 feet, 2.2 mph, 8 hours
Lodging: Home in the Woods B&B or Helen
Day 6 - Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap (Tray Mt.) - rugged mid D6 - 17 miles, 5300 feet, 2.0 mph, 9 hours (if we are not feeling up to it, we can make this day an out-and-back to/fro Tray Mountain)
Lodging: Around the Bend Hostel or Home in the Woods B&B or Hiawassee
Day 7 - Dicks Creek Gap to Bly Gap to Blue Ridge Gap (the GA?NC state line) low D6, 11 miles, 4850 ft, 2.2 mph, 9 hours
Day 8 - is a cushion should we decide to shorten the daily mileage or take a recovery day
Day 1: Amicalola Falls
When you arrive at the Park, you will see something missing. The former Visitor Center is gone and a brand new larger and better one is a construction project at present. We will meet further up the road at the temporary visitor center trailer.
Ask the desk for a thru hiker registration, the iconic bag hangtag, and use of the long-term parking lot near the front entrance from the highway. Show your annual pass if yoiu have one.
After huddling, we will proceed through the arch marking the gateway to the Appalachian Trail and take the trail to the stairs.
There is a $5.00 State Park Fee per car unless you have an annual park pass.
|How to Get There:|
go north on Georgia 400 past the outlet Mall to GA 136.
Left on 136 till GA 52.
Right into the park entrance.
We will meet at the visitor's center trailer.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
I believe food, lodging, and shuttles, will total below $100 per day.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
In the event of a full day of rain, ice, or wet snow in the forecast, we will not hike.
We will hike in an afternoon rain given we will have limited our exposure to 4 hours or less..